A Qualitative Examination of a New York State Higher Education Opportunity Program: Providing Access and Opportunity to First-Generation College Students

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Alvarez, Adrianna, “A Qualitative Examination of a New York State Higher Education Opportunity Program: Providing Access and Opportunity to First-Generation College Students,” Scholar@Simmons, accessed December 4, 2020, https://beatleyweb.simmons.edu/scholar/items/show/75.

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A Qualitative Examination of a New York State Higher Education Opportunity Program: Providing Access and Opportunity to First-Generation College Students

Creator

Alvarez, Adrianna

Date

2017

Description

I identified the systemic and non-formal support services that supported the college completion of first-generation Black and Latinx students, who participated in the Higher Education Opportunity Program also known as HEOP, at a four-year private university in New York. I evaluated the meaning of rituals within the HEOP program culture, their importance to Black and Latinx students and whether and how the support services function as rituals that allow first-generation, “inadmissible” students to successfully integrate into the larger campus culture. I also examined how the support service, the program’s rituals and culture mitigate the impact of stereotype threat, while giving students a counternarrative about their intellectual capacity.

I reviewed research on stereotype threat, counternarrtives, funds of knowledge and ritual theory in order to develop a theoretical understanding of why the HEOP program is successful in supporting the achievement and retention of low-income, first -generation Black and Latinx college students.

Relying on a focus group of program graduates, I identify the support services and rituals that had the greatest impact on them. This research has a very special meaning for me because in 2009 I was admitted to a university as a HEOP student. In the future, I plan to raise awareness about the benefits of the HEOP program for Black and Latinx students, and work in a program that assists low-income, first-generation students throughout the college admission, retention and integration process.

Publisher

Simmons College (Boston, Mass.)

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1 PDF (42 Pages)

Language

English

Type

Masters Theses